An iconic monument in Tehran, and perhaps in all Iran, Azadi Tower truly combines pre-Islamic and post-Islamic architectures. Attention to details and stone arrangement have made it an impressive structure.
Dating to 1927, the tower was a theme for a great competition among famous Iranian architects and engineers which led to the construction of the exemplary memorial by Hussein Amanat. The 24-year-old graduate’s design was selected out of many plans. The operation all began in 1969, and after 28 months of laborious work the huge project was completed. Coming into operation as of 1972, the 3-storey tower contains 4 elevators and 286 stairs. It is said that 46,000 pieces of fine marble were carved and processed for construction.
Initially named as Shahyad, Persian for Shah’s Memorial, it was built to commemorate the 2,500-year-old Persian imperial feasts. After the Islamic Revolution, it was renamed Azadi Tower, Freedom Tower, a true symbol for the nation’s freedom where public demonstrations are held. Perched amid the massive, oval-shaped Azadi Plaza with stretches of lawn all around, the tower is an attraction for visitors from other cities.
In satellite images the tower has a rectangular shape in contrast to its horizontal image, which interestingly looks like an Achaemenid soldier.
With a length of 63 m and height of 45 m, Azadi Tower contains basement-floor exhibits, a library, museum, and gallery which should not be missed. Atop the building you’ll find a perfect view of the metropolis, something you’ll never forget. Nightly views with gorgeous illuminations are also remarkable.
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